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This is the official blog for the NWA Center for Sexual Assault. Here you can access all things sexual violence awareness, prevention, education, and self-care. Being here is the first step in creating a community of knowledge seekers, activists, allies, and survivors. We will be posting blogs every week, and for special events, we may post extra, so make sure to sign up for updates or check back weekly.


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Growing up as a Marshallese female, I’ve always found myself wishing I was born a male instead. Yes, I said it! Coming from an island that doesn’t have laws to protect its women from domestic violence, especially within relationships.

Sexual assault is one of the many situations that we have seen bystander effect happen in our society. Various campus around the nation have seen sexual assault plague their campus in form or another. Research recently conducted has linked bystander effect directly to sexual assault. It reveals common themes between bystander effect and sexual assault.

Regardless of the happy and positive parts of celebrating, being around friends, families and big meals tend to draw out unwanted comments, questions, and opinions without any regard for what might be happening in your life. 

To wrap it up, my costume is NOT consent.

This blog discusses what pronouns are and the importance of using the correct pronouns for people.

Self-love is not simply a state of feeling good. It is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, ...

Codependent relationships show a degree of unhealthy clinginess, where one person doesn’t have self-sufficiency or autonomy, and one or both parties are dependent on their loved ones for fulfillment.

Sometimes taking a break and stepping away is essential to self care, so lets talk about being Boujee on a Budget!

Tomorrow marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM). This is a month dedicated to celebrating, recognizing, and sharing the culture, histories, and societal impacts of the Hispanic community in the US.

Forgiveness I think has gotten a bad connotation, forgiveness isn’t for the benefit of the attacker, assailant, wrong party, or whomever, forgiveness is and always will be for my/your/our benefit.

We often think of consent solely in relation to sex, but consent impacts our day to day interactions. Consent determines how we communicate, listen, empathize, and connect with others.

I’ve tried to avoid the situation too long. I want to release what is holding me captive in my mind because a prison of the mind is worse than any prison behind bars.

In this op-ed, Kelli Owens, Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, explains why she wants you to help stop teen dating violence.

Lately, it seems like I have been obsessed, OBSESSED with becoming a dad. No, not a real dad, (I’m nowhere near ready for that), but a dog dad. However in my momentary, although consistent and frequent lapses in rationality, I tend to romanticize what it would be like to be a dog dad.

Clothes are not consent. Clothes have never been consent. Clothes will never be consent.

Can I just say #thestruggle is real? I have been on the hunt to find extra and new activities to help me feel bold and confident.

How is rape normalized in our culture and society?
 Music, television, internet, and almost every means of communication that exists.
 The victim is focused and blamed instead of the aggressor.
 The subject is mocked.
 It is encouraged through “machismo.”
 The survivor is not believed.
 Speaking outside the family and home is prohibited.

On April 22, 2020, Vanessa Guillén disappeared from the Fort Hood, Texas base. The question is the following, how does a person disappear from the military base overnight?

Wewein kenono ej juon skill ilo mour kinke ej jiban koj ejaak im drabij jemjera ko. Jemjera ko remmon ej kaitoklok ad mour im komman elon men ko ilo tarleb in mour ko ad ilo ad kadriklok inebata, kokajuurlok ekeijel ko ad ibben dron, im lelok kwalok juon wawein eo elap an emmon ilo jerbal ko ad kajojo ran.

Effective communication is a necessary skill in life because it helps us establish and maintain healthy relationships. Healthy relationships allow us to live longer more fulfilled lives, by creating less stress, stronger connections, and even having a positive impact on your career.

Millennials, have you completed your census this year? 

I was born in 1990 and I’ve been head of my household for two censuses now. Yet, I have to admit 2020 is the first year I am actually filling out the census. I also have to admit, even though I am sharing what I’ve learned from my research of the census; I personally only filled out the census for future generations of my family. 100 years from now,  I want my great-great-grandchildren to be able to look back and expand upon their family tree. 

Millennial ro, emoj ke ami komman e bwonbwon ko ami ilo yio in? 

Ikar lotak ilo 1990 eo im ilakar baj head of household ilo ruo de bwonbwon kio. Akko, ij konan ba bwe 2020 ej yio eo jinoin ikar kanne bwonbwon eo. Ij bareinwot aikuj bar ba bwe, mene naij ba nan kom kon ta ko ikar katak kake jen ao kar katak kon bwonbwon ne; wunin ao kar kanne bwonbwon eo ej nan bamle eo ao ilju im jeklaj im ro renij tok elikin. 100 yio jen kio, ikonan bwe ro jibu im ro nejier im ro jibwier ren maron lale won ro rekar tok mokta jen er im jela kon menmenbwij eo an bamle eo aer.

Why didn’t you report?

Those words echo through the crowd, the friend group, the strangers across social media… “Why didn’t you just report? Why did you wait so long to say something?

This is a translated guide from Dr. Maricela Becerra on how to talk to your family about what is going on with #BlackLivesMatter. It covers some basic ideas, definitions, and phrases that commonly come up when people don't quite understand the protesting and anger.

As we get closer to a prominent, though lesser-known day in American History (Juneteenth); I felt it was important to have a discussion on an argument I’ve reluctantly listened to and been a part of. It even feels more relevant because there has been an influx in racist Tik Tok content and now some white women believe the name “Karen” is racist and just as bad as other racial slurs.

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